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Laser treatment of scars
Author(s): Richard E. Fitzpatrick
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Paper Abstract

Fifteen patients with erythematous/hypertrophic scars and eleven patients with post- inflammatory brown hyperpigmentation of scars were treated with flashlamp pump pulsed-dye lasers. The red scars were treated with a wavelength of 585 nm and a pulse width of 450 msec. The brown scars were treated with a wavelength of 510 nm and a pulse width of 300 nsec. The erythematous scars improved an average of 77% after 1.8 treatments, and 46% of these scars had complete resolution of the erythema. The hyperpigmented scars had an average improvement of 80% after 1.5 treatments, and 45% of these patients had complete resolution of the hyperpigmentation. An unexpected benefit of treatment of these scars was softening and flattening of the hypertrophic scar tissue and normalization of the surface of the scar. Repeated treatments were noted to result in cumulative and progressive improvement in all aspects of these scars.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 September 1994
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 2128, Laser Surgery: Advanced Characterization, Therapeutics, and Systems IV, (7 September 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.184899
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Richard E. Fitzpatrick, Dermatology Associates of San Diego County (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2128:
Laser Surgery: Advanced Characterization, Therapeutics, and Systems IV
R. Rox Anderson; R. Rox Anderson, Editor(s)

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